Four residents honoured with Diamond Jubilee medals

Four “pillars” of the Sylvan Lake community were honoured when they were presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen presented Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to Denise Bignold

Four “pillars” of the Sylvan Lake community were honoured when they were presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by MP Earl Dreeshen on behalf of the Town of Sylvan Lake, last Wednesday.

“The medals are a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country,” according to the Governor General’s website. “At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.”

They mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. 60,000 medals are being presented across the country.

“As we reflect on the many causes for celebration this past year, it is fitting to round out the season with today’s event,” said Mayor Susan Samson.

“On behalf of the Town of Sylvan Lake and my council, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 2012 than to recognize those special individuals who make Sylvan Lake such a great place.”

Samson indicated that all of the recipients have given “extensively of their time and talents to enhance our community and our environment”.

MLA Kerry Towle extended her gratitude and honour to each of the recipients.

MP Earl Dreeshen reflected on the pride that exists “not only in the recipients but also in their families” and the opportunities they pursued to serve the community. The medals are “an opportunity to recognize Canadians from coast to coast for their contributions. All are united by an undeniable commitment to make the place they live a better place for all around them”.

Dreeshen also spoke of an event at Rideau Hall last year where he and his wife talked with the Queen. “Even though it was for a brief few moments, she was one of those people you know are interested in what’s happening in your life. I’m extremely proud of her.”

Following are the citations read for each of the recipients:

Jean Bridge – Jean is a long time resident of Sylvan Lake and a retired school teacher. Jean is a regular volunteer at the Sylvan Lake Archives and helped write the first Sylvan Lake history book, “Reflections”. Jean volunteered for the Sylvan Lake Centennial Celebration committee and brings with her a wealth of local history and stories.

Denise Bignold – Denise is a long time resident of Sylvan Lake who is very active in the community including member of Sylvan Lake Archives, member of Sylvan Lake Lions Club and member of Sylvan Lake’s Centennial Celebrations committee. Denise is instrumental in bringing Sylvan Lake’s rich history to the forefront to be shared and celebrated by all.

Graeme Strathdee – President of Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society, working to preserve the lake’s quality with science based solutions, Graeme is also commissioner of the Central Alberta Peewee Football league and assistant coach of Sylvan Lake Bears football team. He is also involved with Sylvan Lake Sailing Club. He also serves as director of the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Chemical Education Fund for the 2012-13 term.

John Watson – John is a long time manager for public works at the Town of Sylvan Lake. As a lakeside community, John takes great pride and initiative to bring in green solutions that protect the health of the watershed including the lake. John is passionate about water conservation and educating our citizens on how to be green.

Just Posted

PHOTO: Sylvan Lake business hosts free breakfast for Westerner Days

CWC Energy Services hosted a free pancake breakfast Thursday morning

Community mourns the deaths of two Maskwacis toddlers

Siblings found drowned on family’s property

Water Balance in the Sylvan Lake Watershed

The Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society submits a weekly column about the lake

A Beacon of Hope shines in Sylvan Lake

A fundraiser for the Safe Harbour Society to educate about opioid addiction was held on July 13

Gas prices in Sylvan Lake higher than surrounding area

The gas in town is being sold with a retail margin of about four to seven cents a litre

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate indecent act at By The Lake Park

Complaint said man exposed himself in Wetaskiwin

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate attempted armed robbery

Police seek information about alleged attack and identify suspect

Scrapie, a disease related to mad cow, found in two flocks of sheep in Alberta

Health Canada says there is no known link between scrapie and human health

Alberta oil and gas producer cleanup cost estimates set too low, says coalition

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. facing the largest bill at $11.9 billion to clean up 73,000 wells

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Most Read